National Garlic Day – April 19

National Garlic Day

Garlic

Facts on Garlic 

  • Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. It was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength.
  • The city of Chicago is named after garlic. ‘Chicagaoua’ was the Indian word for wild garlic.
  • Garlic attracts leeches. They take 14.9 seconds to attach to a hand covered with garlic but 44.9 seconds to suck blood from a clean one.
  • Garlic was used as an antiseptic against gangrene in the First World War.
  • Raw, freshly minced garlic has the most health benefits.

National Licorice Day – April 12

National Licorice Day

Licorice

Facts on Licorice 

  • Most people likely think of licorice as a sweet, chewy treat that is black or red. The licorice flavoring that comes from the sweet root of the licorice plant,  is only used in black licorice.
  • Many candies are named licorice only because of the gummy texture and shapes they share with black licorice, and contain no actual licorice.
  • The licorice plant, a shrub, is officially a weed. It is about four feet tall with purplish flowers and grows in hot, dry places.
  • Licorice root is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its botanical name comes from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.”
  • Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and soars throats and upper respiratory conditions.

National Cheese Fondue Day – April 11

National Cheese Fondue Day

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 Facts on Fondue

  • The history of fondue is centuries old! Fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed people that had limited access to fresh food during the winter months.
  • Fondue became the national dish of Switzerland when the Swiss Cheese Union modernized it and campaigned as a way to sell more cheese in the 1930s.
  • Fondue became a fad in American in the ’60s and ’70s after it was brought back by a jet setter that had it on a ski holiday.
  • It is a tradition that if a man drops his piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks.
  • If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbors.